How to make a “Hug-me” Santa Bot this Christmas: S.T.E.M Circuits for kids 7-12 years

Christmas is the time for celebrations, love, laughter, and some warm… hugs. How about some hugs from Santa himself? If you are a homeschooler, teacher, or run Christmas STEM for kids, this can be a great activity to start with. Santa “Hug-me” bot is here to spread the joy of Christmas and love with every spin.

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Some of my very favorite holiday STEM activities are creating these miniature Santa hug-me bots and keep them all around the house. They twist, turn, rattle and spread merriment and happiness! Well…let’s just hope they do so 🙂

My friends mention that they have Santa hug-me bots as tabletop decorations and they get bigger and bigger every year. Imagine a huge, life-size Santa Hug-me Bot in the middle of your living room, welcoming you with open wide arms! A true centerpiece for sure!

But let’s start with the mini size first.


Make learning fun this holiday season with this outrageously fun and innovative Christmas Stem for kids by making a Hug-me Santa bot for December. This December STEM activity is a great way for kids to learn about electricity, simple circuits, mini-motors, batteries, and making toys!  A great hands-on science, technology, engineering, maths, and art experience. Toy making is a wonderful activity for the year-end. It can be used in the classroom or given gifts for Christmas.

These can be made by first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th-grade students. A great activity for teachers, homeschoolers, or STEAM camps this year-end.



There is the material list for SANTA HUG-ME BOT!

  1. Print out of the Santa Hug-me template. You can get it here: 

  2. Coin cell battery CR 2032 3V

  3. 1 Mini-motor

  4. Double-sided tape

  5. Clear tape

  6. Sketch pens

christmas stem for kids - hug-me Santa


SANTA HUG-ME BOT INSTRUCTIONS: Simple step-by-step method to get you started.


STEP1: Print, Cut, and Color Santa

First, download the template and print it out. Download from here: https://wizkidsclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/CHRISTMAS-with-hands.pdf

Once you have the template printed out, cut out Santa and color him as you want. You can also color the deer, elf and make more “Hug-me” bots if you want.

Hug me Santa print copy


STEP 2: Make the Cylinder

Glue the edges to make a cylinder. It should be able to stand up on its own.

Cylindrical Hug-me santa - Christmas stem for kids


STEP 3: Add double-sided tape

Stick one side of the double-sided tape as shown. It should be inside the cylinder behind the face. This will hold the circuit once you build it.

How to make hug me Santa - Step 3


STEP4: Building the Circuit 

First, test out the mini-motor. Connect one wire coming out from the mini-motor to the flat side of the coin battery. Add clear tape to secure the connection. Now, take the other wire and connect it to the opposite flat surface of the coin battery. The motor should start spinning immediately. Secure the connection with tape. If you put it on the table, it will start rattling and spinning

How to make hug me santa - Step 4

This makes the circuit complete and electricity flows through the motor and makes it a spin.

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STEP5: Sticking to the Santa Cylinder and making a switch (optional)

Stick the vibrating motor battery connection to the double-sided tape. Make it stand and let go! Your Santa bot is ready!

Step 5 of how to make hug me santa

SWITCH: If you want to add a switch to your Santa “Hug-me” bot, simply use a long tail clip.

Remove the clear tape holding the wire and battery connection. The bot stops rattling.

If you want it to start spinning, squeeze the long-tail clip to connect the wire and battery and it starts rattling once again.

A simple and easy way to make a switch. You can start and stop electricity from passing through the motor.

Your hug me Santa is ready


STEP 6: Adding hands

Now for the final touch! Cut out and color the hands. Stick them to both sides.

Adding hands to our santa

Complete the circuit and let go! Your “Hug-me” Santa bot is all ready to spin, shake and make a little merry with you all.




Now you have exciting projects for the year-end. Make more bots from the templates. Use the Elf, Reindeer to make more jitter bots!


Which one did you like the most? Comment below.


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See you next time 🙂

Sumita Mukherjee

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